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Kung Pao Meatballs – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Juicy low carb meatballs with all the great flavors of your favorite take out dish, Kung Pao. Plus it's just fun to say Kung Pao!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 356 kcal


For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground pork, chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp chopped scallions
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped peanuts or cashews
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp light olive or coconut oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp light olive or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp thinly sliced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute (Swerve works well)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 Tbsp roughly chopped peanuts or cashews
  • 1 scallion sliced


For the Meatballs:

  1. Combine the ground pork, almond flour, egg, garlic powder, ginger, gluten free soy sauce, red pepper flakes, scallions, peanuts, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly and form into 16 meatballs. Heat the 2 Tbsp oil in a nonstick pan and fry the meatballs about 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove the meatballs and set aside.

For the Sauce:

  1. Wipe out the nonstick pan you cooked the meatballs in and heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about one minute or until fragrant. Reduce heat and add the water, gluten free soy sauce, vinegar, sweetener, xanthan gum, and red pepper flakes and whisk until xanthan gum is dissolved. Taste and adjust to your preference with salt, sweetener, or more red pepper flakes as desired. Add the peanuts, scallions, and meatballs back to the pan. Toss to coat and cook for about 2 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick, you can add another tablespoon of water. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Approximate nutrition info per serving: 356 calories, 26g fat, 3.5g net carbs, 27g protein

Nutrition Facts
Kung Pao Meatballs – Low Carb and Gluten-Free
Amount Per Serving (2 meatballs)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Carbohydrates 3.5g1%
Protein 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.